On the eighth day of “Overtime Creation,” God created mothers. He gave to mothers laps that disappear when they stand up, kisses that can cure anything from a skinned knee to a broken heart, six pairs of hands (one pair for each member of the family) and three pairs of eyes.
God gave mothers the ability to see through closed doors. Although a mother already knows, she asks, “What are you kids doing in there?”
God created mothers with eyes in the back of their heads that they might see many things they should not know, but things they must know.
God endowed mothers with the competence to look through the eyes on the front of their heads into the face of a child who has goofed up and say, “I love you just the way you are.” And she can make a four-year-old return the toy she brought home from school, because it is not hers to keep.
God made mothers soft, but tough, and gave them great endurance. When a child, a husband, or her entire family is sick, a mother nurses them back to health, while working under the philosophy that “mothers don’t get sick.” However, if she does become ill, more times than not, she heals herself.
A mother can feed an entire family of six with one carrot, one potato, and one pound of hamburger meat – and garnish the meal with gravy made from a cup of water, two tablespoons of flour, and a touch of salt and pepper.
God gave mothers the ability to hear with their ears, their minds, and their hearts – and the gift of deciphering what they hear. He filled them with the skills of thinking, reasoning, and compromising. In addition to these gifts, God gave mothers wisdom.
He placed children at their mothers’ knees that they might learn of God’s great love for them, that they might discern right from wrong, and that they might grow into productive human beings who live the lessons they learned at the knees of their mothers.
Finally, God placed tears in the eyes of mothers as outlets for the expressions of joy, happiness, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.
And God looked upon His creation and said, “That’s good!”